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Pennington recovering from surgery

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By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

Still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington termed the rehabilitation the "biggest challenge I've ever faced as a football player," but reiterated he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"It was such an invasive surgery," said Pennington of the procedure performed by noted Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Andrews in early February. "I had to start all over. I couldn't brush my teeth with my right arm for two months. It really breaks you down."

The Jets star made the remarks, first reported by The Herald of Monterey, Calif., at a football camp operated by head coach Herm Edwards at California State University. Pennington had previously discussed the surgery but not with such strong language nor with such a candid admission of his difficult rehabilitation.

Pennington, 29, played the final seven games of the 2004 season with the torn rotator and a torn labrum. While the team acknowledged during the season that Pennington was playing with a damaged shoulder, Jets officials and club physicians acknowledged following the conclusion of the campaign that they intentionally underplayed the severity of the injury.

That concession precipitated criticism from the media. The Jets came under fire again recently when they were less than candid about how much throwing Pennington had done during the offseason conditioning program.

About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards. He has since increased the length and velocity of his throwing and the duration of his sessions.

"In the long run," Pennington said, "it's going to be a blessing. My arm hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Edwards gauged Pennington at "around 89 percent" rehabilitated from a surgery that was more extensive and invasive than doctors originally felt it would be. Edwards allowed that, "without Chad, it would be very difficult to make the playoffs." Pennington has posted a 23-11 record as a starter.

As an insurance policy against the possibility that Pennington might not be recovered by the start of camp, and a reaction to his past injuries, the Jets signed former Miami starter Jay Fiedler as an unrestricted free agent earlier in the offseason.

A five-year veteran, and one of the Jets' four first-round selections in the 2000 draft, Pennington has been among the NFL's most accurate and productive quarterbacks when healthy. But the former Marshall star has yet to play an entire 16-game schedule.

Pennington appeared in just two games each, with no starts, in 2000 and 2001. He didn't win the full-time job until '02, when he replaced injured an ineffective Vinny Testaverde, started the final 12 contests, and led the NFL in completion percentage (68.9) and also in quarterback rating (104.2).

But he suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left wrist in the 2003 preseason, injuries that sidelined him for the first six contests overall and forcing Pennington to miss seven starts. Then came the 2004 shoulder damage, an injury so severe that Pennington recently conceded that he might have been unable to play in the AFC championship game had the Jets defeated Pittsburgh in their divisional round contest.

New York lost the divisional round game in overtime.

Even with the torn rotator cuff, Pennington started 13 games and completed 242 of 370 attempts for 2,673 yards, with 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 91.0 was still the sixth-best in the AFC.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .

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Pennington recovering from surgery

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By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

Still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington termed the rehabilitation the "biggest challenge I've ever faced as a football player," but reiterated he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"It was such an invasive surgery," said Pennington of the procedure performed by noted Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Andrews in early February. "I had to start all over. I couldn't brush my teeth with my right arm for two months. It really breaks you down."

The Jets star made the remarks, first reported by The Herald of Monterey, Calif., at a football camp operated by head coach Herm Edwards at California State University. Pennington had previously discussed the surgery but not with such strong language nor with such a candid admission of his difficult rehabilitation.

Pennington, 29, played the final seven games of the 2004 season with the torn rotator and a torn labrum. While the team acknowledged during the season that Pennington was playing with a damaged shoulder, Jets officials and club physicians acknowledged following the conclusion of the campaign that they intentionally underplayed the severity of the injury.

That concession precipitated criticism from the media. The Jets came under fire again recently when they were less than candid about how much throwing Pennington had done during the offseason conditioning program.

About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards. He has since increased the length and velocity of his throwing and the duration of his sessions.

"In the long run," Pennington said, "it's going to be a blessing. My arm hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Edwards gauged Pennington at "around 89 percent" rehabilitated from a surgery that was more extensive and invasive than doctors originally felt it would be. Edwards allowed that, "without Chad, it would be very difficult to make the playoffs." Pennington has posted a 23-11 record as a starter.

As an insurance policy against the possibility that Pennington might not be recovered by the start of camp, and a reaction to his past injuries, the Jets signed former Miami starter Jay Fiedler as an unrestricted free agent earlier in the offseason.

A five-year veteran, and one of the Jets' four first-round selections in the 2000 draft, Pennington has been among the NFL's most accurate and productive quarterbacks when healthy. But the former Marshall star has yet to play an entire 16-game schedule.

Pennington appeared in just two games each, with no starts, in 2000 and 2001. He didn't win the full-time job until '02, when he replaced injured an ineffective Vinny Testaverde, started the final 12 contests, and led the NFL in completion percentage (68.9) and also in quarterback rating (104.2).

But he suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left wrist in the 2003 preseason, injuries that sidelined him for the first six contests overall and forcing Pennington to miss seven starts. Then came the 2004 shoulder damage, an injury so severe that Pennington recently conceded that he might have been unable to play in the AFC championship game had the Jets defeated Pittsburgh in their divisional round contest.

New York lost the divisional round game in overtime.

Even with the torn rotator cuff, Pennington started 13 games and completed 242 of 370 attempts for 2,673 yards, with 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 91.0 was still the sixth-best in the AFC.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .

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About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards.

I'll save Tx the trouble of posting (with proper credit given of course):

"Obviously, he is close to 100%" (1)

(1)Tx, Patsfan, 2005 "1,000 previous Pennington posts" JetNation.com

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About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards.

I'll save Tx the trouble of posting (with proper credit given of course):

"Obviously, he is close to 100%" (1)

(1)Tx, Patsfan, 2005 "1,000 previous Pennington posts" JetNation.com

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Just remember that overt the past 5 years, Rocky Biddle is the only MLB pitcher to ever come back to pitch in the majors from a Labrum tear.

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Great stat ?!

How many MLB pitchers have had a Labrum tear in the last 5 years? So maybe Biddle was the only one...so it would 100% ??...

Is this tear really that common ?....

IMO stats like that don't mean sh*t !

Penny boy will be FINE.

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Just remember that overt the past 5 years, Rocky Biddle is the only MLB pitcher to ever come back to pitch in the majors from a Labrum tear.

680_2.jpg

Great stat ?!

How many MLB pitchers have had a Labrum tear in the last 5 years? So maybe Biddle was the only one...so it would 100% ??...

Is this tear really that common ?....

IMO stats like that don't mean sh*t !

Penny boy will be FINE.

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Pennington recovering from surgery

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By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

Still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington termed the rehabilitation the "biggest challenge I've ever faced as a football player," but reiterated he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"It was such an invasive surgery," said Pennington of the procedure performed by noted Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Andrews in early February. "I had to start all over. I couldn't brush my teeth with my right arm for two months. It really breaks you down."

The Jets star made the remarks, first reported by The Herald of Monterey, Calif., at a football camp operated by head coach Herm Edwards at California State University. Pennington had previously discussed the surgery but not with such strong language nor with such a candid admission of his difficult rehabilitation.

Pennington, 29, played the final seven games of the 2004 season with the torn rotator and a torn labrum. While the team acknowledged during the season that Pennington was playing with a damaged shoulder, Jets officials and club physicians acknowledged following the conclusion of the campaign that they intentionally underplayed the severity of the injury.

That concession precipitated criticism from the media. The Jets came under fire again recently when they were less than candid about how much throwing Pennington had done during the offseason conditioning program.

About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards. He has since increased the length and velocity of his throwing and the duration of his sessions.

"In the long run," Pennington said, "it's going to be a blessing. My arm hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Edwards gauged Pennington at "around 89 percent" rehabilitated from a surgery that was more extensive and invasive than doctors originally felt it would be. Edwards allowed that, "without Chad, it would be very difficult to make the playoffs." Pennington has posted a 23-11 record as a starter.

As an insurance policy against the possibility that Pennington might not be recovered by the start of camp, and a reaction to his past injuries, the Jets signed former Miami starter Jay Fiedler as an unrestricted free agent earlier in the offseason.

A five-year veteran, and one of the Jets' four first-round selections in the 2000 draft, Pennington has been among the NFL's most accurate and productive quarterbacks when healthy. But the former Marshall star has yet to play an entire 16-game schedule.

Pennington appeared in just two games each, with no starts, in 2000 and 2001. He didn't win the full-time job until '02, when he replaced injured an ineffective Vinny Testaverde, started the final 12 contests, and led the NFL in completion percentage (68.9) and also in quarterback rating (104.2).

But he suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left wrist in the 2003 preseason, injuries that sidelined him for the first six contests overall and forcing Pennington to miss seven starts. Then came the 2004 shoulder damage, an injury so severe that Pennington recently conceded that he might have been unable to play in the AFC championship game had the Jets defeated Pittsburgh in their divisional round contest.

New York lost the divisional round game in overtime.

Even with the torn rotator cuff, Pennington started 13 games and completed 242 of 370 attempts for 2,673 yards, with 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 91.0 was still the sixth-best in the AFC.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .[/quotI agree. I had the surgery last year and it still is not right. I will be in APPLETON this weekend. I will be at the BEST WESTERN across from GOLDS GYM. I will be the guy weraing a JETS t-shirt! LOL Be nice if we could meet. Send me a PM.

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Pennington recovering from surgery

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By Len Pasquarelli

ESPN.com

Still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington termed the rehabilitation the "biggest challenge I've ever faced as a football player," but reiterated he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"It was such an invasive surgery," said Pennington of the procedure performed by noted Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Andrews in early February. "I had to start all over. I couldn't brush my teeth with my right arm for two months. It really breaks you down."

The Jets star made the remarks, first reported by The Herald of Monterey, Calif., at a football camp operated by head coach Herm Edwards at California State University. Pennington had previously discussed the surgery but not with such strong language nor with such a candid admission of his difficult rehabilitation.

Pennington, 29, played the final seven games of the 2004 season with the torn rotator and a torn labrum. While the team acknowledged during the season that Pennington was playing with a damaged shoulder, Jets officials and club physicians acknowledged following the conclusion of the campaign that they intentionally underplayed the severity of the injury.

That concession precipitated criticism from the media. The Jets came under fire again recently when they were less than candid about how much throwing Pennington had done during the offseason conditioning program.

About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards. He has since increased the length and velocity of his throwing and the duration of his sessions.

"In the long run," Pennington said, "it's going to be a blessing. My arm hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Edwards gauged Pennington at "around 89 percent" rehabilitated from a surgery that was more extensive and invasive than doctors originally felt it would be. Edwards allowed that, "without Chad, it would be very difficult to make the playoffs." Pennington has posted a 23-11 record as a starter.

As an insurance policy against the possibility that Pennington might not be recovered by the start of camp, and a reaction to his past injuries, the Jets signed former Miami starter Jay Fiedler as an unrestricted free agent earlier in the offseason.

A five-year veteran, and one of the Jets' four first-round selections in the 2000 draft, Pennington has been among the NFL's most accurate and productive quarterbacks when healthy. But the former Marshall star has yet to play an entire 16-game schedule.

Pennington appeared in just two games each, with no starts, in 2000 and 2001. He didn't win the full-time job until '02, when he replaced injured an ineffective Vinny Testaverde, started the final 12 contests, and led the NFL in completion percentage (68.9) and also in quarterback rating (104.2).

But he suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left wrist in the 2003 preseason, injuries that sidelined him for the first six contests overall and forcing Pennington to miss seven starts. Then came the 2004 shoulder damage, an injury so severe that Pennington recently conceded that he might have been unable to play in the AFC championship game had the Jets defeated Pittsburgh in their divisional round contest.

New York lost the divisional round game in overtime.

Even with the torn rotator cuff, Pennington started 13 games and completed 242 of 370 attempts for 2,673 yards, with 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. His passer rating of 91.0 was still the sixth-best in the AFC.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .[/quotI agree. I had the surgery last year and it still is not right. I will be in APPLETON this weekend. I will be at the BEST WESTERN across from GOLDS GYM. I will be the guy weraing a JETS t-shirt! LOL Be nice if we could meet. Send me a PM.

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GG:

Had to delete that pic. It wasn't bad, it was just too large and threw off the alignment.

For those of you playing the home version, GG had posted a picture of TX's big fat bald head.

WOW. That's all i'm saying.

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GG:

Had to delete that pic. It wasn't bad, it was just too large and threw off the alignment.

For those of you playing the home version, GG had posted a picture of TX's big fat bald head.

WOW. That's all i'm saying.

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How many more ******* times do we have to hear this from people on this board that Chad won't be ready for camp. If he ******* says he's going to be ready then he's going to be ******* ready.

He's gonna be ready for camp.

He's gonna be ready for KC.

and his arm is going to be even better then it was ever before.

GIVE ME A ******* BREAK AND STOP YOUR BITCHING AND MOANING, CHAD WILL BE FINE.

Holy ******* sh*t!

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How many more ******* times do we have to hear this from people on this board that Chad won't be ready for camp. If he ******* says he's going to be ready then he's going to be ******* ready.

He's gonna be ready for camp.

He's gonna be ready for KC.

and his arm is going to be even better then it was ever before.

GIVE ME A ******* BREAK AND STOP YOUR BITCHING AND MOANING, CHAD WILL BE FINE.

Holy ******* sh*t!

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Just remember that overt the past 5 years, Rocky Biddle is the only MLB pitcher to ever come back to pitch in the majors from a Labrum tear.

680_2.jpg

Pedro Martinez has supposedly been pitching with a fray in his labrum for the past few years.

The mechanics involved and the stress induced on teh labrum compared to a pitcher and a qb are very different. Rich Gannon had his labrum repaired and returned just fine. Matt Hassleback had it done to his non-throwing shoulder.

Troy Gl;aus and Shawn Green are 2 other non-pitchers that have come back well.

To use pitchers as examples of people who have not come back from labrum problems well, is not a fair comparison.

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Just remember that overt the past 5 years, Rocky Biddle is the only MLB pitcher to ever come back to pitch in the majors from a Labrum tear.

680_2.jpg

Pedro Martinez has supposedly been pitching with a fray in his labrum for the past few years.

The mechanics involved and the stress induced on teh labrum compared to a pitcher and a qb are very different. Rich Gannon had his labrum repaired and returned just fine. Matt Hassleback had it done to his non-throwing shoulder.

Troy Gl;aus and Shawn Green are 2 other non-pitchers that have come back well.

To use pitchers as examples of people who have not come back from labrum problems well, is not a fair comparison.

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Great stat ?!

How many MLB pitchers have had a Labrum tear in the last 5 years? So maybe Biddle was the only one...so it would 100% ??...

Is this tear really that common ?....

IMO stats like that don't mean sh*t !

Penny boy will be FINE.

Um, Pedro Martinez has a partially torn labrum and his fastball only became very hittable.

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